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Like Dandelion Dust: heartbreak, inspiration, and love

There is a movie set for theatrical release on September 24 called Like Dandelion Dust.  The movie is based on a novel by Karen Kingsbury. 

The movie’s website says, “‘Like Dandelion Dust’ is a compelling drama about a young boy who lives an idyllic life with his adoptive parents on the coast of Florida. It's a postcard childhood until the day they receive a disturbing phone call: his birth parents want Joey back. A judge's decision could tear him away from the only home he's ever known. One family is determined to keep the son they love, the other to begin a new life, one they've always dreamed of, and rise above the challenges of alcoholism and domestic abuse that have plagued them. Joey's future hangs in the balance as issues of parenthood and class warfare play out. Someone must make the bravest decision of their life; sometimes the greatest love is letting go.”

The problem is obvious.  For the last several years Jack and Molly Campbell, played by Cole Hauser and Kate Levering, have called this little boy their son.  Despite the wishes of the adoptive parents, Rip and Wendy Porter, the boy’s biological parents, move ahead trying to regain custody. 

From the trailer, it seems that Rip and Wendy get temporary custody of the child amidst a painful legal battle.  He tries to show that despite his failings, he wants to be a father.  While he fights for stability the adoptive parents struggle with what they should do and the pain in their hearts.  At one point, Rip is even offered $500,000 by Jack to leave his family alone and let them keep their son.

This movie is undoubtedly going to tear at a number of difficult questions.  Like, what makes somebody a parent?  Should those who give up their child for adoption deserve to take back custody if they change their mind later?  Do biological parents have “more of a right” to the child, than the adoptive parents that are taking care of and raising the child?

As the brother of an adopted sister, the thought of losing her terrifies me.  And as I approach having a family of my own, my fiancé and I plan to adopt children.  I can’t imagine the pain we would experience if what happened to the Campbell family happened to us.

Questions that are unrelated to adoption are likely going to come up as well.  What is the role of the ex-offender in society?  What resources are they given to overcome addiction and criminogenic behaviors?  Should we welcome prisoners back into society with open arms, or with reluctance? 

I predict this movie to be: 1) Inspiring.  The natural desire of a parent to keep and protect their child is moving and magnificent.  Perhaps the parents that watch the movie will look with greater admiration at the gift(s) God has given them.  2) Informative.  Living in suburbia, as most Americans do, it is so easy to forget about the troubles people have in rural and urban environments where jobs are lacking and crime is sometimes rampant.  Most people do not interact with and ex-offender on a day-to-day basis, that they know of, and yet we release millions offenders every year with no job or resource.  Do most Christians even know what happens to these people after they’re released?  3) Entertaining.  The cast of this movie is really impressive.  We hardly ever get the chance to see top-notch actors and actresses in a movie that asks tough questions about deep content. CLICK HERE to see the scene where Wendy tells Rip about the child she gave up for adoption—you’ll see what I mean about the quality and substance of this movie.

I’ll be sure to give a follow-up of the movie, once I get a chance to see it.  If you’re interested in seeing where the movie will be playing in your area, CLICK HERE and go to “Theaters” on the right-hand side.

Comments:

From your description
This movie sounds horribly depressing.

As for inspiration, it looks to inspire fear among potential adoptive parents, confusion among parents considering putting their kids up for adoption, and justification for bureaucrats to tighten their immoral control over adoptees lives.
Like Dandelion Dust
I saw this movie in a special showing last June. It's wonderful in so many ways.
I'm not the only one who has described it as "beautiful"!

The book by Karen Kingsbury came out of her adopting three little boys from Haiti
and experiencing the fears of many adoptive parents that the birth parents might someday want the child returned to them.

You'll love the movie as I did!